Friday, February 24th, 2012 - Leadership Management Australasia (LMA)
The national leadership debate in Canberra is spotlighting the vacuum in the nation’s leadership skills, according to Leadership Management Australasia (LMA), which has 40 years’ experience in training and developing leaders in Australia.

Andrew Henderson, CEO of LMA, said today that current events in Canberra and the handling of major job losses in organisations have highlighted a distinct absence of true leadership at all levels in Australia – whether it be in politics, in organisations or in our communities.

“There is a gaping hole in the calibre of leadership across the nation that threatens to undermine our productivity and permanently damage our confidence, individually and as a nation,” said Henderson.

“There has been a major erosion of confidence in our leaders,” he said. “We need to rebuild and rejuvenate our leadership capability and skills to make the most of our enviable position in the world community – now and into the future. Given the backdrop of an uncertain European economic climate and the enormous opportunities available in Australia, confidence in our leaders at all levels has never been more important.”

According to LMA, leadership goes beyond management. Genuine leadership involves building trust to gain commitment and fully engage people in the organisation’s purpose and strategy.

Leadership involves the ability to communicate, to persuade and to encourage people to take meaningful and productive actions. Leadership is the ability to inspire, motivate and guide others through the process of change, innovation, growth and continuous improvement. In short, leadership is the ability to take others to new heights of performance.

Furthermore, Mr Henderson said that successful leaders:

·       Create a vision which others can believe in

·       Are true to the organisation’s values and ‘walk the talk’.

·       Create a culture that attracts, engages and empowers the best people.

·       Know that developing leaders at all levels, not just at the top of the organisation, is essential for an organisation’s sustainability and growth.

“Clearly we’re not seeing enough of this calibre of leadership in the public or private sector; people are disillusioned,” said Mr Henderson. “People at all levels are looking for quality leaders they can trust.”

This is evidenced by both current national opinion of our leaders and LMA’s Leadership Employment and Direction (L.E.A.D.) Survey which places leadership in the top three areas of skills shortages in Australian organisations. Again, this highlights that leadership is missing in the current climate.

Ranking of Top 6 Areas of Skills Shortage

(of 17 areas)

Employees

Managers

Leaders

Technical areas

1

1

1

Trade skills

2

3

=4

Leadership

3

2

2

Sales and marketing

4

7

3

Operations

=5

4

=4

Management

=5

5

6

 

Mr Henderson said that if leaders want to regain the confidence of those they lead, they need to exhibit more of the following attitudes and behaviours:

·       Demonstrate honesty, integrity and trustworthiness

·       Accept the responsibility of leadership

·       Be highly organised and effective in their performance

·       Focus on goals, solutions, results and innovation

·       Engage and gain commitment from those they seek to lead

·       Be highly effective communicators

·       Deliver appropriate doses of inspiration and guidance

·       Provide appropriate training and development for their people

·       Embrace and successfully manage change

·       Lead by example.

The L.E.A.D. Survey further identifies the Top 5 Leadership Competencies expected of  leaders and amplifies the call for improved leadership skills in organisations.

Ranking of Top 5 Leadership Competencies

(of 16 competencies)

Employees

Managers

Leaders

Communication skills

1

1

3

Planning and organising

2

4

=5

Problem solving and decision making

3

3

=5

Developing and coaching others

4

2

2

Building relationship (external and internal)

5

5

4

Strategic thinking

7

7

1

 

Mr Henderson added: “These results and the unrest in Canberra, combined with recent news of major job losses, serve as a timely reminder of the fundamental importance of building leadership potential and capability. Only through quality leadership can our nation hope to deal with the challenges, and capitalise on the opportunities, that surround us.”

About Leadership Management Australasia (LMA). LMA was established 40 years ago. It now has 40 independently-owned and run licensees delivering programs to improve productivity, performance and leadership through 70 locations across Australia and New Zealand. LMA has worked with over 115,000 people in small and medium organisations, large corporations and government departments.

 

About Andrew Henderson, CEO, LMA. Andrew joined LMA in 2007. He was appointed as CEO in April 2011, He has a clear vision and strategy for the group. Under his leadership, LMA is undergoing rapid growth and consolidation of its position as the thought leader and pre-eminent provider of leadership and management development solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Employment and Direction) Survey.   Running for 12 years, the L.E.A.D. Survey is Australasia’s most authoritative survey of workplace issues and their effect on management and employees. It is now an on-line rolling survey with information released in waves three times each year, constantly updating what is really happening within Australasian organisations. The L.E.A.D. Survey is managed by Adrian Goldsmith of Chase Research. It is commissioned by LMA. Mr Goldsmith designed and conducted previous L.E.A.D. Surveys when a director of Quantum Market Research. Participants are from all sectors, locations and organisation sizes and include employees, frontline managers and supervisors, business leaders and senior management. It draws on previous surveys to analyse changes in the workplace, providing the latest insights, trends and emerging issues affecting business and people management.

 

About the research samples. More than 3,000 respondents from across 30 sectors in Australia and New Zealand took part with the largest sectors represented being manufacturing, property/business services, finance/insurance, construction, government administration/defence, health/community services and education. Respondents are from major cities and regional centres.

Media release from Leadership Management Australasia   1400 Malvern Road GLEN IRIS Victoria  www.lma.biz

Comment: Andrew Henderson – 03 9822 1301 / 0412 355 519. See images at http://www.leadershipmanagement.com.au/events-news-media/media-2/images/  Issued by Graeme Willingham GWPR 03 9660 5541 0414 499 887  [email protected]

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